'The Simpsons' will be available for online streaming after FXX deal
After this week's terribly misguided decision to ax the underpromoted and undersupported Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, FXX decided it should find some good news to share. The network cut a syndication deal that is bringing The Simpsons not just to the spinoff network, but to online streaming, as well. Because you aren't able to see reruns of The Simpsons anywhere else.
FXX and 20th Century Fox announced a nine-figure deal that will make 530 episodes of the show's first 24 seasons available to an upcoming mobile app called FXNOW, Vulture reports. The compact "is believed to be the biggest (syndication) deal ever" for a TV show, the networks said in a statement. It also will mark the first time The Simpsons will be on basic cable, even though they've been syndicated on broadcast networks for years.
While this won't erase the missteps FXX has suffered -- it also moved its first original series Chozen back over to parent network FX -- it will give its target audience scads of mindless programming to sit through while they try to build up dismal ratings numbers. More importantly, it will in all likelihood keep Matt Groening's legacy off other Video On Demand outlets like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu -- and that will only embiggen FXX's chances of survival in the long run.